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Massachusetts man accused of hit-and-run


A 34-year-old Massachusetts man was being held awaiting a $10,000 bail as of July 10, after he allegedly crashed his car into a 15-year-old riding a motor scooter and then fled the scene. According to reports, the crash happened during the evening hours of July 9 at the intersection of Standish and Kingsdale streets in Dorchester. Witnesses reported that the teen had been attempting to make a turn when the red Infiniti the 34-year-old was allegedly driving hit the 15-year-old.

Witnesses claim that the car then left the scene with a cracked windshield. According to police, officers saw the vehicle weaving through lanes and speeding in the Blue Hill Avenue area. This apparently led to a police chase, which ended with the Infiniti hitting another car on Glenside Avenue. After that crash, authorities report that the man abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

The teen on the motor scooter is expected to survive but reportedly suffered injuries so severe that the homicide team responded to the initial crash scene. The 15-year-old was taken to Boston Medical Center for treatment.

The 34-year-old has now been charged with leaving the scene of a collision causing property damage, leaving the scene of a collision causing personal injury, civil infractions and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license as a subsequent offense. The man reportedly has previous convictions for reckless operation and operating a vehicle without a license. He also has a prior record including gun and drug charges and a conviction with prison time served for breaking and entering. The next court hearing for the criminal charges was scheduled for Aug. 5.

In the case of car accidents where victims are hurt or killed, civil litigation may be possible in addition to any criminal charges pressed against the at fault party. The aftermath of a serious car accident can be a very trying time, physically, emotionally and financially, for victims and their families, and compensation awarded by the courts may be able to relieve some of the strain.

Source: Source: CBS Boston, “Dorchester Man Charged In Hit-And-Run Crash That Seriously Hurt Teen On Scooter,” No author given, July 10, 2014


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